Insect meatballs win innovation prize at Anuga trade fair
What will the world of tomorrow taste like? How can we surprise our consumers in the coming year? And how should a growing global population be fed in the coming decades? Anuga, the leading fair for the food industry, is dealing with exactly these questions. More than 200,000 visitors and a good 7,000 exhibitors from 100 countries are presenting the latest trends and products in Cologne. In addition to this, the most innovative creations will be awarded at the special exhibition “Taste 17”. Micarna is being honored for its Pop-Bugs, the first cricket flour product.
The pop bugs are small balls, which are made from cricket flour as a protein source. They are similar to breaded meatballs, except in Pop-Bugs cricket flour is used instead of meat. “The Pop-Bugs are our first snack with insect protein,” says company director Albert Baumann. “On the one hand, because using insects as a complement to our diet is an important and contemporary issue. On the other hand, because our Pop-Bugs are visually convincing. Packed in an innovative carton tray which also has a serving function, the Pop-Bugs can be eaten right out of their fine packaging along with the dips which are included.